Skip to comments.Determined To Make Drone Deliveries Happen Amazon Petitions the FAA to Approve Drone Delivery
Posted on 07/10/2014 7:56:24 PM PDT by lbryce
Amazons efforts to build a drone delivery service, Amazon Prime Air, have thus far been restricted by its inability to run test flights in the US. However, CNET reports that the company has filed a petition with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct outdoor flights from its R&D lab in Seattle.
Currently, hobbyists and drone manufacturers are allowed to fly drones in the US, but commercial businesses are restricted from doing so. Amazons filing is requesting an exemption on the grounds that its in the public interest because Prime Air fits the FAAs own goal to get commercial drones up in the air.
Can you imagine what the skies over North America will begin looking like a few days before Christmas? Something out of the Ten plagues of Egypt.
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This is sort of related to these “self-driving cars” we see out there today and the big push to get the laws changed to allow cars to drive themselves without any person in direct control of it.
Wait for the lawsuits when an Amazon drone damages a commercial or GA aircraft.
They keep pushing this for the free advertising. I wonder what they would do if the FAA actually relented.
Skeet shootin’ with prizes!
Or hits someone walking their dog. Or hits the windshield of a car. Plenty could go wrong.
So will it hover and drop the packages on who or whatever is below? Or will it swoop down and risk being captured to gently put the package by the porch? I can see all sorts of scenarios that end up with the package destroyed, the drone destroyed, or people/animals or homes destroyed. I don’t want my packages sent by drone, can I opt out, I wonder?
Let's keep the skies clear of these intruders.
I wonder if I could take one out with my potato cannon.......
I think the Amazon drones will be nicknamed “target practice” in some parts of the country.